The best work from Alex Soth (rhymes with “Both”) is his work Sleeping along the Mississippi. I love the way he spans the range of ordinary characters yet executes them in such a way as to unlock the extraordinary. There’s definitely a bit of Diane Arbus in his influence I’d say. She looked at those people on the extremities of society; not necessarily the stereotypical types like the abnormally tall or short, but where there was a psychological fusion between personality and society. Alec Soth also is able to capture that energy in his portraits. This shot of Bonnie seems to capture that awkwardness of what she is trying to show in her picture, against her perception of what people may think of her through the lens.
Check out all of the runners in the Overgate Hospice. Wonderful to see people pulling together for charity. For those who gave me the ‘thumbs up’ on the way past, thank you! All the pictures are now in The Shop.
I took this on a family trip to Herefordshire. My little nephew just a bit miffed that he couldn’t buy some pop with his pocket money (spend it on something better we said!). But this type of shot for me has just as much resonance as those portrait edits that just cut to the happier side of life…
Managed to get to see a retrospective of all Phillip-Lorca diCorci’s major work at The Hepworth. Brilliant. How to choose and show a truly superb body of work. The image above belongs to Hustlers (1990-1992). Taken just over twenty years ago in Los Angeles in the vicinity of Santa Monica Boulevard, it features male prostitutes posing for the camera for a fee loosely equivalent to what they would charge for their services. DiCorcia paid the subjects and then advertised the price on the exhibition prints themselves. A sensitive subject but one well approached by DiCorcia.
Painting is a big influence on my photography. ‘The Ambassadors’ by Hans Holbein shows how all the detail around the subjects can reveal a deeper context that effects those characters. A play on the riches and power that they possess is cleverly contrasted with a Salvador Dali style symbol of death in the front of the painting – a skull yawning. When you look closely the lute strings are broken so you begin to understand that the of idea power is not quite the be all and end all in the context of life. Let’s see how my portrait of Zenon & The Free Sandwiches goes next week!